1st Edition

Public Administration and Expertise in Democratic Governments Comparative Public Law in the Twenty-First Century

Edited By Susan Rose-Ackerman Copyright 2024
    276 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection deals with challenges confronting public law and public administration in twenty-first century democracies across the world. It draws together contributions from leading scholars, examining cutting-edge topics, and projecting the scholarship forward. It emphasizes the importance both of justifying executive policymaking to citizens and of drawing on bureaucratic expertise and professional competence. Contributors examine the role of courts and argue for new forms of public participation that can incorporate democratic values into executive-branch policymaking. Finally, the work confronts problems in the administration of the criminal law that are generating increased public concern. Building on Rose-Ackerman’s scholarship, writers compare the American experience with contemporary developments in other leading democracies – in particular, Germany, France, the EU, Canada, and Latin America. The work will be an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and policymakers working in the areas of Administrative Law, Public Law, and Political Science.

    List of Contributors


    1.      Introduction

    Peter L. Strauss,  

    2.      What’s Democratic about Administration?

    Blake Emerson

    3.      The Lawfulness of Public Law in Germany and United States

    Jud Mathews & Joshua Spannaus

    4.      Administrative Resilience

    Stefanie Egidy

    5.      Bureaucrats as Temporary Leaders

    Anne Joseph O’Connell

    6.      The Creation of the Modern American Civil Service and the (Constitutional) Limits of German Influence

     Matthias Rossbach

    7.      The Neoliberal Turn of Contemporary French Administrative Law

    Thomas Perroud

    8.             Law and Monetary Policy: From Limited Judicial Review to Parliamentary Scrutiny in the European Monetary Union

    Joana Mendes

    9.      Administrative Democracy and Federalism: The US, the EU, and Canada

     Athanasios Psygkas

    10.  From Elections to Autocracy: Can Strategic Decentralization Bring Us Back?

    Maciej Kisilowski

    11.  Judicial Review of the Executive in Hyper-Presidential Regimes

    Edgar Andrés Melgar & Susan Rose-Ackerman

    12.  Equal versus Efficient Security against Crime: Differences and Unintended Consequences

    Hans-Bernd Schäfer

    13.  Administration and Democracy

    Peter Lindseth


    Susan Rose-Ackerman is Henry R. Luce Professor Emeritus of Law and Political Science, Yale University. She has published widely on comparative administrative law and the political economy of corruption.